A planning application has been submitted for an L-shaped block of flats on Ashley Place, just off Newhaven Road.
The proposed flats could replace an existing red-brick office building, which is currently occupied by the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations’ Council .
The new building will comprise of 40 flats, 8 of which will be for affordable rent. Most of the flats will be one or two bedroom flats – but 7 of them will be 3 bedroom flats.
A plan of the development shows the extent of car parking provided by the development. Each of the flats that will be privately owned has access to a parking space, whilst there are 2 spaces for the eight affordable flats.
Whilst the architects, Hackland+Dore, point out that this level of parking provision complies with council standards, as you can see, it results in a poorer pedestrian experience and low quality public realm.
This is a problem that blights most of the new build flats in the nearby area, where pavements do not follow desire lines, rarely incorporate dropped kerbs at obvious crossing points and sometimes barely join up between developments.
With time, the pavements outside these flats are likely to become a key route into a new, much larger “Bonnington Village” residential development of around 200 more flats. Given this, it would be preferable to see a few less parking spaces and more attention to pedestrian areas, connections and desire lines in the public realm works associated with this application.
You can comment on these proposals and find out more about them on the City of Edinburgh Council planning portal, by searching for: 14/05208/FUL
Update 6th Jan 2015: After this post was published, EVOC released a statement in response. They said: “We would like to take this opportunity to clarify that EVOC is not planning to move for the foreseeable future, and we are very happy with our Landlords at Cornhill Building Services.”